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Good Mix In New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Simpson of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

This season’s early success seems to justify the eight-year rebuilding process that general manager Glen Sather has endured.

At times it was painful, and after the first four years without playoffs, Sather’s team is now looking for its fourth straight playoff run.

For years the Rangers had hung on to veteran players and brought in big-name personalities that at times had more ego than they had game. Breaking the ties with Ranger heroes like Mark Messier, Mike Richter and Brian Leetch were difficult moves given their years of quality service and Stanley Cup history, but were necessary in order to move on and turn the page as a franchise.

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Game Winning Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Francois Beauchemin scored the OT winner last night in a pretty exciting game between the Red Wings and Ducks.  In your opinion, was it a ‘good’ goal?

added a different video at 4:41pm below with multiple angles…

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SoCal Meteorologist:  The Gales of November Are, In Fact, Coming Early…It’s A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I figured it just might be time to bring Lightfoot back into the mix.

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Vancouver Canucks Embracing New Media

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rebecca Bollwitt at NowPublic:

A few weeks ago the streets and Skytrain stations of Vancouver were plastered with posters to advertise the new Canucks season. The theme, “We are All Canucks”, and the unique twist is that they used photos of players in plain-clothes, fans on the concourse, and snapshots of hockey bloggers and podcasters.

continued…

In the interest of disclosure, and as Rebecca also noted in her article, the Canucks campaign does feature myself and the other Crazy Canucks as well.

Given how much negative attention has been brought to the issue of NHL teams and fan-media in recent weeks, I just wanted to point out that there are some teams working hard to find a balance on this issue. In my experience, the Canucks themselves (you can check out their FanZone) have come a long way in recent years.

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  Tags: bloggers, media, podcasters

Notes From The Maven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Has anyone stopped to think about the possibility of Sid Crosby burning out? The Kid is burdened with the Penguins’ captaincy; he’s the NHL’s poster boy, which creates huge time demands and he’s badgered in every city he visits. If he looks weary, there are reasons!

more hockey notes and opinions…

added 8:20pm, Just noticed A2Y pointed to the same article from Stan, sorry but The Sailor took me by surprise, he is a posting machine today!

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Note to Stan: Might Be Time To Hang Them Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stan Fischler’s been around a long time.  Not just on earth, but writing hockey.  I’m talking like 83 years.  So we respect him for that.

But, respect aside, I believe it might be time for the senile bastard to just fade…away.  Check this out.

Since Mike Babcock never lies, it’s worth noting that he calls his current Red Wings, “The best players I’ve ever been involved with.” (Excuse us while we wonder how the goaltending will hold up in April.)

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The Value Of Your Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Ozanian and Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes,

A stronger loonie helps teams north of the border, because they take in revenue in Canadian dollars, but pay their players in U.S. currency. Last season the value of the Canadian dollar increased 15% relative to the U.S. dollar. The average team value rose 10% during the past year, to $220 million. Five of the six Canadian teams —Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers— rose in value more than the league average.

more with all types of sortables lists and fyi, the top 3 valued teams are the Leafs, Rangers and Canadiens.

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Thrashers Coach Gets His Message Across

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

He (John Anderson) hadn’t yelled in the postgame locker room Tuesday night. He always prefers to deliver his assessment the next day, when he’s no longer swayed by game-night emotions that might lead him to say something he’ll later regret. But the sleepless overnight wait didn’t make Wednesday’s messsage any less forceful.

He laid down the law in one-on-one meetings with players, and he spoke at length with the entire team on the ice before practice. This was one of his first big tests as an NHL coach, and he made it clear he had no intention of failing it.

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Another Alex In Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

Would it surprise you to learn that a certain Russian forward named Alex with the Washington Capitals currently leads the NHL in scoring?

No, not that Alex, the other one.

Alex Ovechkin is the reigning Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner, but the Washington winger is mired in a six-game goal drought and has only tallied a meagre five points through the first eight games of the season.

Lucky for the Capitals, though, that Alex Semin is scoring in bunches.

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Who Wants Shanny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Nearly four months after becoming a free agent, Shanahan is putting himself onto the open market.

“I’ve told Rick [Curran] that I can no longer wait and that it’s time to move on,” Shanahan, referring to his agent, told The Post this afternoon. “Until now, Rick has been under instructions to tell inquiring teams that my focus was on re-signing with the Rangers, and that I was not accepting any other offers.

“That has changed.”

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

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